Property taxes can be appealed
Wanda English Burnett, Editor
Although the deadline for spring taxes has come and gone, property
taxpayers can still file an appeal if they feel they were given
an unfair bill to pay.
According to information from Ripley County Assessor Shawna
Bushhorn, about 180 appeals have been filed so far this year,
with about half of those already being resolved.
I just ask people if they would be willing to sell their
property for the appraised value, Bushhorn noted. If they
are, then the trending estimates are pretty accurate most of
the time. Its when someone feels their property has been
appraised at a much higher amount than the property is actually
worth that has people asking for Form 130, an appeal form that
is available from the county assessors office located
on the first floor of the Ripley County Courthouse in Versailles.
Bushhorn explained that the trending process, used this year
to determine property taxes, was a tool to try to get to a market
value assessment. Some people saw an increase in the amount
of property taxes they are required to pay, while others saw
a decrease. Trending was designed to hopefully get everyone
paying the amount of taxes they should be paying, and give others
relief if theyre paying too much. Sometimes that needs
a little adjustment. This was a process mandated by the state.
You can pick up a form to appeal your property taxes, fill it
out and attach some type of proof that your home, buildings,
property etc. is not worth what has been assessed. After this
is turned back in to the assessor, that information goes before
the Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals for review. Were
really fortunate to have two certified appraisers sitting on
the board, noted Bushhorn.
After the board reviews the appeal, they can either find the
taxpayers complaint legitimate and instruct the assessor
to make adjustments, or have the taxpayer schedule a hearing
on the matter.
Bushhorn said she has two days of hearings scheduled for next
week. She also noted that taxpayers have the right to an appeal
and can file 45 days after receiving their tax bills, which
puts that deadline about the end of September for this year.